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  1. #1
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    Default Foals and salt licks

    My mare absolutely adores her salt. I keep a Himalayan salt lick in her stall. Recently her foal (today 10 days old) has started licking it. I wasn't worried but someone at the barn said they had heard of a foal dying from licking a salt lick?

    Should I remove the salt?



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    Yes - take it out !
    As far as I know they get badly Diarrhea from it. And from that they can "dry out" and die. (I hope this is correct, I am not sure about the english words for that)
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    Agree, remove the salt! It can cause dehydration and loose stools
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    thanks Dehydration - that was - I was searching for :-)
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    My colt had mild diarrhea that would not go away despite treatment a few years ago. We finally caught him craning his neck and standing on his tippy toes to reach the himalayan salt lick that I would have sworn was way too high up for him to reach. Took it out and his manure was normal within hours.



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    We don't use salt licks - the foals keep licking and as others have said they get loose poop.
    We use a supplement in the feed for our horses/ponies that give them the salt and potassium they need.
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    Another get it out. We too had a foal getting to one and got diarrhea
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    Alexandra - you never have to apologise for your English! I always understand what you mean even if the words aren't perfect

    I also have had to remove salt licks from the foals. They just never seem to know when to stop!



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    Kerole - thanks and yes you understood my directly translated unused back ;-)
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